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Drums a hit with autistic Washington boy

Ask Ian Engelsman his musical inspirations, and he’ll give you an earful. Dokken, Slaughter, Skid Row and Twisted Sister. White Lion, W.A.S.P., Judas Priest and, his mother’s favorite, Pink Floyd. …


Aid for autism

Mattie Lewis still has her “autism moments.” She recites TV shows she’s seen, line by line, watching them in her mind’s eye. We’re not watching TV now, her parents remind …


State agrees to cover therapy for autistic children on Medicaid

After three children, Jennifer Collins thought she had it down. But it became clear early on that her youngest son was struggling. Derek began talking late. He struggled with focus, …


Doctor K: Three studies offer news on autism

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’ve heard that scientists have discovered genes that cause autism. Could this lead to a cure? DEAR READER: Three studies were recently published in the scientific journal …


Doctor K: Father’s age may be factor in autism

DEAR DOCTOR K: I am a 34-year-old woman married to a man more than 20 years my senior. Our first child, a son born four years ago, is autistic. I …


Labeling autism major point of contention

CHICAGO — One child doesn’t talk, rocks rhythmically back and forth and stares at clothes spinning in the dryer. Another has no trouble talking but is obsessed with trains, methodically …


Screening, better diagnosis cited for autism rise

Autism cases are on the rise again, largely due to wider screening and better diagnosis, federal health officials said today.


Book Notes: Time to grab tickets for Bass, Stellarondo

If you’re itching to see Rick Bass and Stellarondo on stage at the same time, good news. Tickets are now on sale. Bass, the nationally acclaimed author, and Stellarondo, a …


Autism center launches basketball program for kids with disorder

The thumping sound of bouncing basketballs echoed throughout the Warehouse on a recent Sunday morning. While a men’s league sank 3-pointers on one court, another group warmed up nearby. “I …


Autism program aids relief

The statistics are bleak. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of 110 children is now diagnosed with autism. Four out of five of those are …


Parents credit autism program with making difference in son

The statistics are bleak. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of 110 children is now diagnosed with autism. Four out of five of those are …


Mother, daughter share autism stories

Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism in 1950 and didn’t speak until she was about 4 years old. But Grandin went on to earn a doctoral degree and to transform …


Cross-country racers hit finish line

Four mostly middle-age Sandpoint men have bicycled across the country in 6 days, 9 hours and 28 minutes to raise $80,000 for autism. Wayne Pignolet, 51, describes his experience with …


Vitamins may lower risk of autism

LOS ANGELES – Women who reported not taking prenatal vitamins immediately before and during a pregnancy were twice as likely to have a child with autism, University of California, Davis, …


Riders from Sandpoint focus on autism

For the past 12 years, David and Lisa Barth, of Sandpoint, have cocooned around their small family, maxed out with the day-to-day challenge and joy of raising an autistic son. …


‘Too Many Stars’ to help autism cause

Once again, Comedy Central has gone too far and lined up too many stars. Stephen Colbert, Larry David, Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais and Sarah Silverman are just a few of …


Northwest Autism Center helps families navigate system

When Holden Sidell was born in 1994, he was a happy, healthy infant who reached all his developmental milestones. A video of him at 8 months shows a babbling, engaging …


Early diagnosis of autism can lead to early treatment

As we wrap up National Autism Awareness month, I am reminded of what a friend of mine said to me about her daughter: “I wish I had acted on my …


Court says vaccine additive didn’t cause autism

The vaccine additive thimerosal is not to blame for autism, a special federal court ruled Friday in a long-running battle by parents convinced there is a connection.


Yoga can be an effective therapy for children with special needs

As she stands on her tiptoes – stretching her arms and legs and lengthening her entire body – 9-year-old Samantha Carlson takes a deep breath and smiles. “Stretch out high,” …


Studies find higher autism rate

CHICAGO – Two new government studies indicate about 1 in 100 children has an autism disorder – higher than a previous U.S. estimate of 1 in 150. Greater awareness, broader …


Government finds higher autism rate: 1 in 100

Two new government studies indicate about 1 in 100 children have autism disorders — higher than a previous U.S. estimate of 1 in 150.


Study cites drug’s effects

An antidepressant that is among the most popular kinds of medicine used for treating autism didn’t work for most kids and caused nightmares and other side effects, new research found. …


On top of autism

Dillon Monday can do things with PowerPoint that would dazzle its creators at Microsoft – things that breathe unfamiliar life into the usually sterile presentation software. For instance: If your …


Federal court rejects autism-vaccine link

In a major setback for the fight to link autism to vaccines, a special federal court ruled Thursday that the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and vaccines that contained a mercury-based preservative were …


Court says measles vaccine not to blame for autism

Vaccines aren’t to blame for autism, a special federal court declared Thursday in a blow to thousands of families hoping to win compensation and to many more who are convinced …


Study: Mercury in vaccines is safe

CHICAGO – A new study from Italy adds to a mountain of evidence that a mercury-based preservative once used in many vaccines doesn’t hurt children, offering more reassurance to parents. …


Autistic Teen Won’t Face Trial In Baby’s Death

A murder charge against an autistic teenager was dismissed Friday after psychiatrists found him unfit to stand trial for throwing his 5-month-old nephew out a window. Michael Holmes, an 18-year-old …